Oz - Season 1, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

Conjugal Visits and Otherwise


Episode Info

In this episode, directed by Nick Gomez (Laws of Gravity), Hill (Harold Perrineau), the narrator, explains that love is a four-letter word -- a curse -- in Oz. Officer Diane Wittlesey (Edie Falco of The Sopranos) takes an interest in Beecher (Lee Tergesen), who hasn't left his cell -- not even for meals -- since his Nazi cellmate, Schillinger (J.K. Simmons), made him his "prag." She convinces Beecher to see Sister Peter Marie (Rita Moreno), the prison psychiatrist, and arrange a conjugal visit with his wife. But when Beecher returns to his cell afterward, Schillinger is looking at the family photos Beecher had hidden, and threatens their safety. The prisoners stage a minor riot in the cafeteria when they hear from Warden Leo Glynn (Ernie Hudson) that, following the recommendations of Governor Devlin (Zeljko Ivanek), the prison has banned smoking. Further unrest is created when Devlin proposes eliminating conjugal visits. Hill's arrest is shown in a flashback. He shot and killed a cop and in retaliation was thrown from the roof of a building, paralyzing him from the waste down. When Father Ray Mukada (B.D. Wong) learns that Miguel Alvarez's (Kirk Acevedo) girlfriend is expecting his baby, he does everything in his power to convince Alvarez to take responsibility for the child. Meanwhile, police investigator Burrano (Skipp Sudduth) looks into the vicious killing of Dino Ortolani (Jon Seda). Nino Schibetta (Tony Musante) lets it be known that no contraband will be sold until he finds the killer. Schibetta rejects an offer from McManus (Terry Kinney) to let him visit his dying wife, in exchange for not harming the killer. Finally, Schibetta, suspecting that O'Reily (Dean Winters) was involved in Ortolani's death, has Burrano pressure O'Reily into ratting out the killer, Johnny Post (Tim McAdams), in order to protect himself.


Betty Buckley
as Suzanne Fitzgerald
Reg E. Cathey
as Martin Querns
Anthony Chisholm
as Burr Reading
Robert Clohessy
as Off. Sean Murphy
Carl DiMaggio
as Off. Len Lopresti
John Doman
as Col. Edward Galson
Sean Dugan
as Timmy Kirk
Christopher Meloni
as Christopher Keller
Rick Fox
as Jackson Vayhue
Joel Grey
as Lemuel Idzick
Ray Iannicelli
as Off. Roger Breese
Zeljko Ivanek
as Gov. James Devlin
Brendan Kelly
as Wolfgang Cutler
Tom Ligon
as Alvin Yood
Patti LuPone
as Stella Coffa
John Lurie
as Greg Pender
Tom Mardirosian
as Agamemnon Busmalis
Ellen McElduff
as Elenor O'Connor
Milo O'Shea
as Dr. Frederick Garvey
Blayne Perry
as Samuel Gougeon
Larry Pine
as Arnold Zelman
Sandra Purpuro
as Catherine McClain
Blake Robbins
as Off. David Brass
R.E. Rodgers
as James Robson
Kristin Rohde
as Off. Claire Howell
Otto Sanchez
as Carmen `Chico' Guerra
Paul Schulze
as Off. Rick Heim
Philip Scozzarella
as Off. Joseph Mineo
Jon Seda
as Dino Ortolani
Evan Seinfeld
as Jaz Hoyt
Lou Sones
as Steve Dawkins
Thomas G. Waites
as Henry Stanton
Joel West
as Glen Shupe
Scott William Winters
as Cyril O'Reily
Steven Wishnoff
as Tony Masters
Michael Wright
as Omar White
Emanuel Yarbrough
as Clarence Seroy
David Zayas
as Enrique Morales
Chuck Zito
as Charles Pancamo
Granville Adams
as Zahir Arif
Dena Atlantic
as Floria Mills
Tim Brown
as Off. Jason Armstrong
Bobby Cannavale
as Alonzo Torquemada
Antoni Corone
as Frances Urbano
Ernie Hudson
as Leo Glynn
Terry Kinney
as Tim McManus
Lee Tergesen
as Tobias Beecher
Tony Musante
as Nino Schibetta
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